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Elgin District and Curriculum

The Elgin Public School District, known as U-46, is the second largest district in Illinois serving students who live just outside of Chicago. The U-46 district is dedicated to their goal of helping every child succeed in the classroom. By working with parents, community members, and the School Board, the district employees employ a variety of different techniques to help student reach their potential in the classroom and in life. In the U-46 District in Elgin, the teachers work hard to provide developmentally appropriate curriculum that is challenging and rigorous. They are committed to sharing their curriculum with the parents and community on their Curriculum Center website.

We currently cover the following Elgin-area school district: Elgin Public School District.

Schools in Elgin include:

Creekside Elementary School is located on 655 N Airlite St, Elgin, IL 60123, Creekside Elementary School covers grades PreK-6 and can be contacted at 847-289-6270.  The vision of Creekside Elementary School is to challenge and support all students to reach their highest levels of performance, and also provide students with opportunities for engagement and learning that will lead to them becoming lifelong learners. Like other students in the state of Illinois, students at Creekside Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes the Illinois Learning Standards, which are also aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The purpose of these standards is to outline the knowledge and skills students should have by the end of each grade level. For example, students in kindergarten mathematics practice their addition and subtraction skills. They learn that addition is the equivalent of putting together, and subtraction is the equivalent of taking away. Students also learn how to identify and describe shapes, including circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons and cubes. They also learn about measurement and things that can be measured, such as length and weight. For more information on the mathematics tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Kimball Middle School is located on 451 N McLean Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123, Kimball Middle School covers grades 7-8 and can be contacted at 847-888-5290. The mascot of Kimball Middle School is the tiger. As the transition between elementary school and high school, staff at Kimball Middle School aspire to create an environment where students can be challenged, academically, and grow socially and intellectually. The staff also wish to help students transition successfully through early adolescence and high school. Like other students in the state of Illinois, students at Kimball Middle School are taught a curriculum that includes the Illinois State Learning Standards, these standards also include the Common Core State Standards. For example, students in grade 7 mathematics focus on four critical areas: understanding and developing proportional relationships, performing operations with linear equations and rational numbers, solving problems with 2D and 3D shapes with area, surface area and volume, and learning how to draw inferences about populations based on samples. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child succeed in mathematics, please contact us.

Elgin High School is located on 1200 Maroon Dr, Elgin, IL 60120, Elgin High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 847-888-5100. The mission statement of Elgin High School is to create a safe and positive education environment, where students are able to grow to their full potential intellectually, emotionally, and physically. The school also aspires to raise lifelong earners and responsible members of the community. Among the high schools in Illinois, Elgin High School is one of the oldest, having opened in 1869, and having its first graduation ceremony in 1872. In the 2014-2015 school year, there were 2468 students enrolled at the school. Elgin High School also offers an Advanced Placement (AP) Program for students at the school, and offers classes such as AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Human Geography, and more. The AP program allows for students to take college level courses while in high school. These courses can help students develop the necessary skills and study habits needed to be successful in college and a career. At the end of the AP Course, students take an exam, and depending on how well they do on the exam, they could earn college credits. AP Programs can be challenging, but they allow for students to get ahead in college and go more in depth with their learning. For information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help with one-on-one tutoring, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Elgin District Curriculum

The District is committed to educating their students with the rigorous curriculum in the Common Core Curriculum State Standards in Math and Language Arts and state developed frameworks for other core subjects. The district has a top notch Career and Technical Education curriculum that provides students with a challenging series of courses that are designed to prepare them for college and careers after high school. The courses are designed alongside the Elgin Community College so that students can earn college credit.

At the elementary level, teachers use the Balanced Literacy curriculum tools to ensure that writing, reading, and language lessons are intentionally taught each day. As students move through the elementary grades, the time allocated to those three important topics increases to meet the demands of higher level thinking and problem solving using language skills.

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As a Mathematics educator, I apply the Progressivism approach because I believe that students retain more information from practical applications as well as social interactions with their peers. I strongly believe that students, especially in the subject of mathematics, will find it easier to link applications with real world situations. By giving them the opportunity to link these concepts, I believe it motivates them to do the work that would otherwise become too complex for them.
I believe that every child can and does learn. Effective teaching is rooted in choosing the progressively sequential learning objectives in order to bring the opportunity of gained knowledge to the intersection of past experiences. Excellent teachers employ multiple-pathways instruction because every child has a different learning style. If a teacher determines the learning style of a particular student, then the learning process becomes exciting and extremely effective.
I believe every child is capable of learning successfully when met where they are and given high but achievable expectations. I believe that we should educate the whole child and that social and emotional education are just as important as academics, the arts, and physical education. I believe that the education of children requires all of the adults in the child’s life to act as a team.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Elgin Educational News

  • German Scholarship - Seniors in U-46 who are planning to study German and who have been taking German language courses in high school can earn scholarships to study at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Germany. This scholarship was designed as a partnership between the two schools and provides a substantial amount of money for the winning student.
  • Nobel Prize Winners and the Dalai Lama Summit - Two hundred twenty-five students in the U-46 high schools were invited to attend a summit of Nobel Laureates. They listened to speakers like President Bill Clinton, President Lech Walesa and the Dalai Lama. One student was even awarded the honor of reading her essay to the Dalai Lama along with earning $1,000 for one of the winning essays.
  • Chemistry Challenge - Middle school students in the U-46 District competed against each other in the You Be the Chemist Challenge sponsored by UOP, a Honeywell Corporation. The competition is run in a game show format.

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About Elgin, Illinois

The city of Elgin, Illinois is located within Cook and Kane counties. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, and founded by settlers in 1835 who named the area after the Scottish tune “Elgin”. The area was chosen due to its proximity to the Fox River. In the city’s beginnings, it achieved fame for the butter and dairy goods it produced. Fast forward to today, and in 2013, Elgin wa ranked number one in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in new home starts, and second in new home closings. The city’s downtown area has also been the center of a series of renovations and new developments including townhouses, condos, and art galleries. After moving to a new building in 2003, the Gail Borden Public Library was one of the five libraries to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Service in Washington DC in 2009.

There’s much to see and do in Elgin for people of all ages. The city is the home to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra along with other classical music groups including the Elgin Youth Symphony, and the Elgin Children’s Chorus. For those wishing to experience the outdoors, there are multiple city parks in Elgin such as the 112-acre Lords Park. Inside the park is the Elgin Public Museum and a herd of American Bison. The 121-acre Wing Park includes a golf course.

In 2017, the population of Elgin was 112,456, making it the eighth most populated city in the state. 27.9% of the population was under 18, 24.6% of the population was between 18-34, 26.6% was 35-54, 10.3% was 55-64 and 10.6% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $60,375 in 2017

Gail Borden Public Library

The Gail Borden Public Library was named after Gail Borden, who invented condensed milk in 1856. The original library building was housed at a mansion at 50 North Spring Street, but was moved in late 60s when the weight of all the books was beginning to put strain on the building. In 2003, the library moved to its current location across the street from the old library. The new building has the capacity of 460,000 volumes and was designed to accommodate the increasing population of the city. Today, the Gail Borden Library District includes 3 buildings. In the library’s past, it has offered over 1600 library programs which were attended by over 66,000 people. In 2009, the library received the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. This award honored the library for its service and contributions within the community. In addition, the library has also received 20 additional awards at the international, national, state, and local level.

Lords Park

Located on the East Side of Elgin, Lord’s Park is a 112-acre park containing a a farm zoo. This zoo is home to pigs, cows, goats, sheep, llama, and a miniature donkey. The fenced area of the zoo includes Buffalo, Elk and Whitetail deer. These animals can be seen year around. The zoo began in 1895 when two black bears were donated. In 1905, the first four bison arrived at the zoo. In 1964, a lion named Lord Sparks arrived at the Lords Park Zoo, but he was moved to Brookfield Zoo three years later. Also included in Lords Park are the Elgin Public Museum, the historic pavilion, and the Lord’s Park Aquatic Center. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, the park’s playgrounds facilities, and the park’s basketball and tennis courts. There is also a large little league baseball complex.

Elgin History Museum

The Elgin History Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of the city of Elgin and the surrounding area. The museum is located on the campus of Elgin Academy, and the main building houses offices, research facilities, the history museum, and a gift shop. The history museum presents a general review of Elgin’s history, and also includes displays in the local watch industry, the Elgin Road Races, and The Song of Hiawatha Pageant. The museum also produces travelling historic exhibits about the history of Elgin. Every Autumn, the museum staff also conduct a walk of the historic Bluff City Cemetery, where costumed actors portray the lives of the cemetery’s residents and some of the customs and styles from the past.

Interesting Facts

  • Some parts of the 1993 comedy film “Dennis the Menace” were filmed in Elgin.
  • Today, about 94% of the city’s Raw Water is from the Fox River.
  • There are two highly protected nature preserves in Elgin, Bluff Spring Fen and Trout Park. Both of these preserves contain unique plant communities.
  • A silver half dollar was produced in 1936 by the United States Mint commemorating the centennial of Elgin. This silver half dollar was sold for $1.50.

Chalk Talk: Literacy Development

Studies show that children entering kindergarten arrive with a wide range of language skills. This makes it difficult for teachers to be able to effective teach them all how to read at the same pace. Students who are read to each day will arrive in kindergarten knowing thousands of words and they will be learning alongside children who have vocabularies that are up to 90 per cent smaller because they are not read to on a regular basis. Most kindergarten teachers also report that they regularly have students who do not even know what a book is and how to use one. The best way to prepare your child for success at an early age and beyond is to expose your children to books by taking them to the public library, letting them choose their own books, reading the books (over and over again, if necessary), and letting your children "read" to themselves (they will make up their own words or recite the words from memory).

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